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Well now, since you don’t know me that well yet, I will let you know that I am a bit of an outdoors kind of guy. I have been noticing through the years that it seems like less and fewer people take their family camping. Now I’m not saying grab the kids and pile into the RV and go to a campground. I’m talking about real camping! Think hard about how many adults take their kids camping, fishing, hunting, teaching them the basics of outdoor survival. It just doesn’t happen as much as it should. The sad truth is that some adults these days were not taught the basics of survival in the great outdoors and so they themselves are unable to teach their children the survival knowledge that they need that could come in handy one day.
Let me give you an example…
A few years back a major storm took out the electricity along the northeast part of the USA, many people didn’t know what to do. Some managed to buy food, water and candles before it happened. But what about the rest? They had to do the best they could to obtain the items they needed just to barely get through it. Others left their homes and stayed with friends and other family members who may not have been affected by the power outage. After it was all over, sales for generators, battery-powered fans and heaters as well as solar equipment, went through the roof! Now, if many of them would have had some survival skills that could have helped them, I guarantee that there would have been less problems.
Now, ask yourself… “Do I have enough knowledge of survival that I can pass on to my kids and grandchildren that may help them sometime in their lives?”
If your answer to that question is “NO!”, then worry not. That’s why I’m here. I’m going to give you some quick tips that can help.
1. Do you know how to use a firearm such as a shotgun or hunting rifle?
If your answer is “Yes”, then good for you. But how about your child?
In my opinion, I think all children should know how to use a gun properly
by at least age 13.
2. Can you build a shelter? Chances are that many of you can’t. How about
your child? Chances of this are even less.
3. Can you make a fire without the use of matches or a lighter? Again, the chances are low.
How about your child? Do they know how to make a fire?
4. Can you gather and purify water? No? How about your child?
Now if you answered no to any or all 4 of those questions, your chances (or even your child’s chances) are very slim for survival.
The 4 basic skills for survival are:
Quick Note : I am suggesting that you check out exactly how to do the things listed below on YouTube since I can not show you here. Also, once you learn how to do them, practice often! Knowing how to do something and having the experience of doing it are totally different! As the old saying goes, “Practice makes perfect!”
There are many ways to make fire. And yes, I will include the matches and lighters. However, those 2 items alone will not last forever and if you find yourself out in the wilderness for longer than your matches or lighter will hold out, then you need other ways of starting a fire.
Here are a few suggestions:
Carry a small magnifying glass and use it on your tinder to start a fire early in the day before sunset.
Carry a flint and steel (simple terms) to get a fire going.
The old fashion way of rubbing 2 dry sticks together.
Use a quarter of some steel wool and a 9 volt battery to spark a good fire.
Have a good look on YouTube for some other answers on how to make fire outdoors.
If you do not have a tent, try any of the following.
Tarps! A good size tarp can be used to make a small tent or several together for a larger tent.
Table cloths can be used as a makeshift tent.
4 or 5 Large Trash bags cut down both sides can be laid over a line between 2 trees.
Make a lean-to shelter out of nature itself.
Check YouTube on how to make some of these shelters and others.
Water suggestions :
Just gathering water from a source outdoors to drink isn’t as easy as you may think. There are steps you need to take in order to have SAFE drinking water.
There are a few ways to purify or obtain clean water. Lets start with these few ideas :
First, obtain at least 1 gallon of water from any outdoor source.
Second, take a clean cloth and place it over a cooking pot and pour the water slowly into it.
Third, place the pot of water over a fire and let it boil for 10 to 15 minutes.
Fourth, place another clean cloth over a container and slowly pour the water into it.
Fifth, set aside (still covered with the cloth) and let it cool for up to 30 minutes.
Last, slowly pour the water into other drinking containers. Done.
Another way of purifying water is to take a gallon of water, pour it over a clean cloth into a cooking pot, boil for 10 to 15 minutes, pour over another clean cloth into another container, add 2 drops of bleach and stir, set aside to cool for 30 minutes and finally pour it into drinking containers.
Please note that if you use plastic containers, make sure they are BPA FREE!
Another way to obtain and purify water is using the following steps :
First, dig a hole about 1 foot deep and 2 to 3 feet wide.
Second, gather some green grass and leaves (NOT DRY) and spread them out in the whole.
Third, Gather 2 gallons of water from any source and pour evenly over all the grass and leaves.
Fourth, place a cooking pot in the center of the whole (make sure the top of the pot is at least 4 to 5 inches below the top of the hole).
Fifth, take a piece of plastic cut at 4 foot by 4 foot and lay it over the hole as straight as possible.
Sixth, gently press the center of the plastic down about 2 inches.
Seventh, place rocks all around the outside edges of the plastic to hold it in place.
Eighth, Use some of the dirt you dug up to cover the outer edges of the plastic.
Ninth, place a small stone in the center to keep it somewhat weighed down.
Tenth, Wait. This part will take some time as it deals in evaporation.
Explanation at this point :
If this is done early in the day or morning, the water in the hole will attempt to evaporate. As the water vapors rise, they will accumulate on the bottom of the plastic. Since the plastic is angled toward the center, all of the water droplets will slowly drip to the center and fall into the pot giving you cleaner water for drinking.
Now back to the steps of the above method of purifying water.
Eleventh, by the end of the day, much of the water should now be in the cooking pot. So, slowly remove the dirt and stones from at least 3 edges of the plastic, fold the plastic back and remove the pot of water.
Twelve, boil the water for 10 to 15 minutes.
Thirteen, pour into a cloth-covered container and let it sit for 30 minutes to cool.
Fourteen, Pour into BPA free drinking containers.
Fifteen, enjoy clean water.
Check YouTube for other ways to obtain and purify water.
Another important note :
You can survive for up to 3 days without water before experiencing full dehydration affects, beyond that and you are risking death. Stay Hydrated!
Now we get to the suggestions about food.
First of all, stored food will only last for so long and if you are out in the wilderness, you may or may not have brought enough food to last.
If there is a nearby stream or lake, you can use a makeshift fishing pole.
If you have a gun, bow and arrows or crossbow, you can hunt easily.
Learn to make pitfalls, dead-falls and snares to catch food.
Now as for this suggestion, you may want to obtain a book about your local edible plants that grow in the wild. Certain plants, roots, berries and bark can make you sick or even kill you. So study up very well and get to know your plants before just picking something and eating it to stay alive.
This one may make you cringe, but many bugs are edible as well. Check for books on edible bugs that may thrive in your area. Some books even have great recipes for cooking bugs. Remember, pound for pound, it all adds up as meat. Many bugs are even high in protein, which is something needed daily anyway.
When it comes to eating, we do what needs to be done in order to survive. I will make another suggestion on a great book that can teach many things for survival, it’s called “The Lost Ways”. I can’t remember who wrote it, I only remember the title. (Still need to find and buy that book myself!)
Anyway, check YouTube for other suggestions and how to videos on gathering food in the wilderness. BE CAREFUL! There are a few people who think they know whats good and what’s not, so check with other websites on any plants, berries, roots, barks or bugs they may mention. I say this because I saw a video where a truck driver had stopped and was making a video on how to find food in the wild. He found, picked and ate what he was calling miniature wild strawberries. Around where I live, we call them snake berries, which are poisonous. In small amounts, they can make you sick, in large amounts, they can either put you in the hospital or kill you. Stay away from the “miniature wild strawberries”! LOL!
Ok, I guess that does it for now. I hope some of my information will help you understand the four basics of survival in the wilderness. Just remember to practice, practice, practice! Try my suggestions next time you go camping as many times as possible, even if its only in your own back yard. If you have any questions about any of the above or any other questions on this subject or even want to know in more detail on a specific part of this subject, feel free to leave a comment and ask away. I will try to answer all comments as quickly as possible.
If you do try any of my suggestions, please comment and let others know how well or how bad you did. Don’t be ashamed if you fail the first time, that’s why we all practice until we get it right.
May the sun always shine on your campsite and My Little Ponies dance in your head (Lol, had to add the last part for KayKay).
Anyway, have a great day and talk to you all soon!